Access Now

Digital rights
for everyone.

Derechos digitales
para todas.

.الحقوق الرقمية للجميع

Droits numériques
pour tous.

Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of people and communities at risk. By combining direct technical support, strategic advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, and convenings such as RightsCon, we fight for human rights in the digital age.

Recent News & Updates

Africa Digital Safety Tips
Digital Security
Digital Security

Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa

2 Jul 2024

Rising LGBTQ+ intolerance in many African countries drives digital repression of activists. This guide provides safety tips and resources for protecting against these threats.

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Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
2 Jul 2024
Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
A pathway forward for digital rights by Brett Solomon
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

A pathway forward for digital rights

18 Jul 2024

Brett Solomon shares insights from 15 years as Access Now Co-founder and Executive Director.

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A pathway forward for digital rights
18 Jul 2024
A pathway forward for digital rights
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Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

We need digital ceasefires to tackle warfare in the digital age

18 Jul 2024
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We need digital ceasefires to tackle warfare in the digital age
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18 Jul 2024
We need digital ceasefires to tackle warfare in the digital age
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Access Now welcomes Alejandro Mayoral Baños, new Executive Director

18 Jul 2024

Access Now is excited to announce the appointment of Alejandro Mayoral Baños as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Press Release
Access Now welcomes Alejandro Mayoral Baños, new Executive Director
18 Jul 2024
Access Now welcomes Alejandro Mayoral Baños, new Executive Director
Kenyan government violations of rights
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline

16 Jul 2024

Access Now and over 20 organisations have written to the Kenyan government calling for an end to violations of human rights — online and off.

Press Release
Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline
16 Jul 2024
Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline
UN Security Council on Digital Rights
Privacy
Privacy

Privacy and human rights award at RightsCon 2025

18 Jun 2024

Access Now and the Global Privacy Assembly are launching a new international award to celebrate exemplary work to protect and promote privacy and other fundamental rights.

Press Release
Privacy and human rights award at RightsCon 2025
18 Jun 2024
Privacy and human rights award at RightsCon 2025
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Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales

11 Jul 2024

Access Now abre convocatoria para la Red LATAM de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales, promoviendo una cobertura sobre tecnología y DDHH

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Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales
11 Jul 2024
Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales
Computer wires and connections
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity

11 Jul 2024

China’s digital and cyber policies hurt human rights and undermine cybersecurity globally. Access Now’s Brett Solomon explores how the international community can respond.

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Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity
11 Jul 2024
Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity
Myanmar VPN Ban
Connectivity
Connectivity

Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban

26 Jun 2024

Myanmar’s VPN ban, imposed by the military junta, is preventing people from safely accessing blocked apps and websites.

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Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
26 Jun 2024
Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
#StopSilencingPalestine
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine

4 Jul 2024

Access Now stands with the people of Gaza who are currently living under a complete siege imposed by the Israeli military, indiscriminate airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and the looming threat of a ground invasion that would cause further chaos and violence.

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Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine
4 Jul 2024
Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine
Algorithmic accountability
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Generative AI and election disinformation: much ado about nothing? 

4 Jul 2024

In this bumper “year of elections,” alarm bells are being raised about the potential impact of generative AI in worsening election disinformation. But is this really the democratic disaster many are making it out to be, or is it a lot of fuss over nothing?

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Generative AI and election disinformation: much ado about nothing? 
4 Jul 2024
Generative AI and election disinformation: much ado about nothing? 
Mapping the risks of emerging biometric and AI technology
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Carta aberta: Defendendo uma legislação brasileira de IA que proteja direitos

8 Jul 2024

No Brasil, é urgente uma abordagem embasada em direitos humanos para a regulamentação dos Sistemas de Inteligência Artificial.

Press Release
Carta aberta: Defendendo uma legislação brasileira de IA que proteja direitos
8 Jul 2024
Carta aberta: Defendendo uma legislação brasileira de IA que proteja direitos
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest

25 Jun 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition strongly condemn the ongoing disruption of internet access and increased crackdown on the people of Kenya amid protests.

Press Release
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
25 Jun 2024
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
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Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: التزام الأردن بعدم قطع الإنترنت ينبغي أن يستمرّ هذا العام

24 Jun 2024

We’re sending an open letter to authorities in Jordan calling them to continue to #KeepItOn during this year’s exams.

Press Release
#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: التزام الأردن بعدم قطع الإنترنت ينبغي أن يستمرّ هذا العام
24 Jun 2024
#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: التزام الأردن بعدم قطع الإنترنت ينبغي أن يستمرّ هذا العام
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023

15 May 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 283 internet shutdowns in 2023 — the highest number since 2016.

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The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023
15 May 2024
The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023
KeepItOn 2024 Elections and Internet Shutdowns Watch
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch

29 Apr 2024

Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2024 elections watch to #KeepItOn.

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2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
29 Apr 2024
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
RightsCon Costa Rica 2023 RightsCon

RightsCon

The world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age

Digital Security Helpline Helpline

Helpline

24/7 assistance for human rights defenders at risk in every region

Access Now Grants Grants

Grants

Supporting the grassroots and frontline organizations fighting for your rights around the world

We mobilize around the world

Access Now is made up of a diverse team of more than 130 experts working in centers of political power, tech innovation, and civic action around the world. We have registered offices in Belgium, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the United States, with team members based in more than 20 countries across six continents.